“‘First Ladies,’ a one-hour White House drama that has been put on fast-track development at Showtime with a three-script commitment” will have Viola Davis playing Michelle Obama, reports Nellie Andreeva and Denise Petski for Deadline.
Davis will also be the executive producer of the series, the story says, adding, “‘First Ladies’ is set in the East Wing of the White House, where many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by America’s charismatic, complex and dynamic first ladies. The series will peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of our most enigmatic heroes, with Season 1 focusing on Eleanor Roosevelt, Betty Ford and Michelle Obama.
Davis won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for “Fences,” She won a primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the current series she’s in, “How to Get Away with Murder.” Furthermore, Davis has won two Tony Awards, for “King Hedley II” in 2001, and for “Fences” in 2010.
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